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Opportunistic Mayors Get It Wrong

Friday, April 10, 2009

In response to news coverage of recent, deadly, criminal shootings, the U.S. Conference of Mayors showed that the group is as committed as any anti-gun group to letting no tragedy go unexploited. 

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to reiterate their anti-gun stance in the midst of tragedy, this week Manny Diaz, Mayor of Miami and President of the anti-gun mayors group, released a statement calling, once again, for more restrictive gun laws. 

Among other things, the group is calling for the usual, legislation that was a part of its previous "action agenda," such as:  A ban on "assault weapons" and their component parts; closing the gun show "loophole"; purchase limits; restricting the Tiahrt amendment; ballistic "fingerprinting" for all new guns; and the micro-stamping of ammunition. 

The Conference of Mayors' predictable cry serves as yet another reminder of the need for NRA members and other law-abiding gun owners to be educated and actively involved in the fight to maintain their gun rights.  These groups want to strip you of your constitutionally guaranteed Right to Keep and Bear Arms under the guise of preventing crime.  They would have you believe that their flawed, repetitive, one-size-fits-all solutions would prevent the crimes of a homicidal madman.  What they are really proposing is to penalize lawful citizens, and take away their means of self-defense.  They want the public to believe that a criminal can be stopped from carrying out mayhem if we pass yet another law, or impose yet another restriction on the law abiding citizenry. 

They are wrong.

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